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Does anyone know of or have any ideas for reattaching that dam molding chrome trim that's on the radiator exhaust outlets of my 06 KLT, (see attached photos). I just replaced this exact one at the end of last summer for the same reason and as you can see it's about to go bye-bye again. I noticed BMW or whoever manufacturers this thing was generous enough to place only a microdot of adhesive for attachment.I have tried several types of glue on the previous trim but nothing seemed to hold except the zip tie that looked like crap. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated........Rob
 

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How about 3M two sided automotive trim tape??
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Does anyone know of or have any ideas for reattaching that dam molding chrome trim that's on the radiator exhaust outlets of my 06 KLT, (see attached photos). I just replaced this exact one at the end of last summer for the same reason and as you can see it's about to go bye-bye again. I noticed BMW or whoever manufacturers this thing was generous enough to place only a microdot of adhesive for attachment.I have tried several types of glue on the previous trim but nothing seemed to hold except the zip tie that looked like crap. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated........Rob
 

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I used super glue gel applied sparingly with a tooth pick and held in place with zip ties until it dried, so far so good.
 

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I'll second the 3m tape. Good stuff.
 

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Does the 3M tape hold up under the heat load of the outlet?
 

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I can't see why it wouldn't be. It's designed to hold trim on cars, and they have to deal with pretty hot conditions. (Black Cars in Arizona kind of conditions.)
 

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If I had that problem, I would glue it on with E6000. It is a great glue that I found at an auto body supply store. It you are not familiar with it, It is like the glue that your credit card company uses to stick your new card to the paper stock when they mail it to you. I have used it on a lot of things and it should be perfect for your chrome trim strip.
 

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I think I'll take the previous trim piece, clean it out of old adhesive and try some of the stuff suggested above. A little dab on either end of the chrome, let it cure if need be, apply a little heat from the heat gun and see what happens. Thanks guys for your help.......Rob
 

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For permanent repair you need a new piece. You have to remove the side fairing to gain access to the keeper clips. Glue won't last long, 3m tape is too thick.
 

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For permanent repair you need a new piece. You have to remove the side fairing to gain access to the keeper clips. Glue won't last long, 3m tape is too thick.
I just replaced this exact piece with a new one 6 months ago when I had all the tupperware off and it didn't last long. It isn't a stressed area or anything like that since it has the same flex as the opposite side, just cheaply built, I guess. They want too much for that little piece plus with the plastic removal, that's why I was shooting for a local fix......Rob
 

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I used that sticky tape for molding on cars. I cut some very small pieces I think three shoved them in side the plastic strip then pushed it back into place. So far its held. What caused mine to start to come away from the side panel was I caught it with a towel that I was using when I was washing the LT. So now I am very careful when I clean around these chrome plastic strips.
 

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I used the Loctite Ultra Gel super glue three months ago and it is still holding fast. Wooden clothes hanger held it tight until it cured. Guess I'll have to keep monitoring it to see how well it holds up over the long run.
 

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3m tape is too thick.
Finally a topic I know something about! I'm not sure why SmokinJoe is thinking the tape is too thick, perhaps he is thinking of the wrong thing. I would recommend 3M molding tape as my first recomendation, alternatively you can use 3M emblem adhesive if there truly is not enough room for the tape.

The tape is very thin so I believe it would work based on the pictures, also since it is a resilient core material it will allow for some flex or if there is a gap between the surfaces.

The adhesive would probably work and is clear so that it does not show but you should still take extreme care not to get it where it doesn't need to be.

I have used the tape for a great many things beyond it's designed purpose and it holds anything from trim to car grills to taking the place of those annoying plastic clips that always break. My wonderful wife has played bumpercar with her cars my whole married wife and given me a lot of opportunity to try different materials when doing body work and these two products have save me hundreds in not having to replace components and instead just sticking the old one back on.

I would not recommend super glue or similar products because they rely on full surface contact for adhesion with very little room gaps, the emblem adhesive will forgive a less than perfect fit that usually occurs around these type of parts. Additionally they are generally not very flexible and these parts are.

Of course the trick is always to make sure both surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and free of wax, grease etc before using either product. To ensure the best possible repair I would remove the panel, it will add a couple hours to your project but the result will be better.
 

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Go get some Goop brand adhesive at your local hardware store. It is similar in appearance to clear silicon but is petroleum based. Do this only if you want a really permanent bond.
 

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copperstatetour said:
Finally a topic I know something about! I'm not sure why SmokinJoe is thinking the tape is too thick, perhaps he is thinking of the wrong thing. I would recommend 3M molding tape as my first recomendation, alternatively you can use 3M emblem adhesive
Perhaps. The stuff I tried was too thick and just did not look right when applied. The goop option above is prob the best option other than new. The cloth is how I busted mine also.
 

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Well, researched the Goop brand adhesive, max temp rating is 150 degrees F, don't know what temp is coming from the radiator outlets, it's probably at or above the max. Found some 3M super strength molding tape at WalMart and just ordered the 3M emblem adhesive, 08061. I'll use both on the old part and just try some endurance testing like twisting, bending and heating. Something has gotta work!!!
 

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Well, researched the Goop brand adhesive, max temp rating is 150 degrees F, don't know what temp is coming from the radiator outlets, it's probably at or above the max. Found some 3M super strength molding tape at WalMart and just ordered the 3M emblem adhesive, 08061. I'll use both on the old part and just try some endurance testing like twisting, bending and heating. Something has gotta work!!!
Rob, I think you're good to go with that molding tape should work out perfect for you.
 

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Let us know how it works and post some pics.....
 
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